Field Trip: Pt Mugu Naval Air Station


Date & Time

Friday, December 2, 2022
7:45 am - 12:00 pm

Santa Barbara Audubon Society is pleased to announce a return to NBVC Mugu. This unique opportunity allows us to visit some 2,000 acres bordered by the Pacific Ocean and some of the most bountiful agricultural land in the Central Coast. Marsh, coastal wetlands, riparian and grasslands provide a stopover for thousands of migrating birds each year. This includes habitat for seven endangered species of birds. The area is so rich in wildlife that our half-day there typically counts 80 species including waders, rails, songbirds, waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, and more.

This year we are asking that participants be members of Santa Barbara Audubon Society or the Goleta Coast Audubon Society. If you are not a member, go to the Santa Barbara Audubon website and click on the “Join Today” tab in the upper right of the main page. Priority will be given to members that have not yet visited Point Mugu. 14 spaces are open, and will be taken upon receipt of the completed Navy form.

This field trip takes us to an active Navy Base.
All participants must be US citizens and are required to fill out an Access Pass Registration Form.
This form requires submitting personal information 30 days before the event. You  must be approved before entering the base. Sorry, NO CAMERAS allowed on base. The Navy reserves the right to cancel this event if necessary due to Covid.

To sign up 

First, Download These Instructions… Then

Download this Access Pass Registration Form.

Read over the 3 page Navy Access Pass Registration Form with instructions and special instructions. This is to ensure you will qualify and are comfortable with filling out the form. The Form can then be filled out electronically or printed out and done by hand. Paper or scanned forms in PDF format are acceptable. Once completed, they can be sent to Jeff Hanson at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Forms will be accepted starting September 28th.
Last day to submit forms is October 26th.

Please  send completed forms to Jeff Hanson at email hidden; JavaScript is required.
You can also address any questions or problems to Jeff,  or leave a voicemail at nothing to see here.


Target Birds

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, water fowl, rails, egrets, shorebirds, ducks, Vermilion Flycatcher, raptors etc. 80+ species are typical for this trip

Trip Leaders

Jeff Hanson, Peggy Kearns, and base biologist, Martin Ruane. Expect local experts to join us on this rare and exceptional day.

Location: Point Mugu Naval Air Station

Parking lot at the top of Mugu Road, Port Hueneme, CA 93041
– Take Hwy 101 to the Rice Avenue off ramp
– Head towards the ocean to Hwy 1
– Take Hwy1 south (Rice Avenue becomes Hwy 1 south)
– Exit at  Wood Road
– Turn left at the stop sign onto Naval Air Road
– Take the first right onto Mugu Road
– Meet at the Gate 2 (formerly Main Gait) parking lot immediately to your right
Map: Point Mugu Naval Air Station

You must be a citizen of the United States and you will need a photo ID.
The Base Biologist, Martin Ruane, will guide us around the base from 8:00 am to 12 noon.

Other Information

– Dress in layers
– Bring water, snack or lunch
– Wear comfortable shoes
– Bring a hats
– Binoculars a must, spotting scopes are very useful
Bring Photo ID

Arrive by 7:45 for check in.
We don’t want to use our birding time to check in!


Sponsored By Santa Barbara Audubon Society